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Ordering Sustainable Sushi

Ordering Sustainable Sushi

Do you love sushi but are wondering which roll you can eat in good conscience? You’re not alone. We all know our oceans have been overfished to the point of extinction for many species. Some scientists even say that in 40 years, eating fish will be a luxury reserved for the super-rich.

For those of you who are fish lovers, the best thing you can do for the moment is to order the most sustainable fish that you can. You can find a sustainable seafood guide at For quick reference, check out this list. These choices have taken into account the status of wild population, the fishing method, the by-catch, and the general impact on the environment.

Catfish (farmed)
Crab: Blue, Dungeness and King
Pacific halibut
Atlantic mackerel
Pacific octopus
Farmed oysters
Pacific black cod
Trap-caught, Pacific prawns
Wild Alaskan salmon
Scallops (bay-farmed)
Pacific squid
Farmed striped bass
Farmed tilapia
Pacific albacore tuna
Sea urchin (uni)

Lobster (Atlantic)
Mahi mahi
Octopus (Atlantic)
Prawns (U.S. farmed or wild)
Scallops (sea, bay, wild)
Shrimp (domestic, trawl-caught)
Snow crab
Squid (Atlantic)
Swordfish (Pacific)
Tuna: Yellowfin or Skipjack

Atlantic cod
Alaska king crab
Atlantic halibut
Orange roughy
Imported or tiger prawns
Farmed Scottish salmon
Chilean seabass
Red snapper
Bluefin tuna
Yellowtail flounder

Adapted from Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life by Sophie Uliano.

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Jana Ballinger

Jana Ballinger has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and copy editor for daily newspapers. She lives in a vintage house in Northern California with her husband and an orange cat.

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9:50AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

Unfortunately this epidemic with our food roots to an ignorant population of people that don't think past putting it in there mouth... Regardless of the type of foo, we all need to eat more sustainably. And, if everyone were more cautious about where the food is coming from, we wouldn't have issues with declining quality. We should all pay more attention to where our food is coming from and how much we are eating.

7:34AM PST on Jan 18, 2013

Let us all try much harder to protect the oceans and their inhabitants!! Never were so many sushi shops... now every small town has one or two... where do we expect all this seafood to come from???

6:51PM PST on Jan 17, 2013


7:42AM PST on Jan 17, 2013

Woulden't touch it....

5:00PM PST on Jan 16, 2013

thanks for the info!!! i love that SASSI allows you to text them re the fish you are eating!!

3:16PM PDT on Jun 19, 2011

thank you! i try to live as sustainably as i can but i also love sushi! (it's also my B12 source.) i've given up almost everything else. this list will be useful

3:15PM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

I doubt they put dolphin IN comerical sushi. You think the would of caught that by now, like when the tanuki was labled faux.

12:28AM PDT on May 7, 2011

Thanks for the article.

10:07AM PDT on May 5, 2011

thank you for this post!

2:30PM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

Thank you because I LOVE sushi but do not want to hurt Mother Ocean.

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